Workforce Report 2The Burke County labor force totals nearly 40,000 people. Approximately 25% of workers are employed in the manufacturing sector and the average weekly manufacturing wage in the first quarter of 2015 was $756.

Workforce overview infographic

There are over 33,000 available workers within a 10-mile radius of Morganton, the county seat.

There are nearly 214,000 available workers within a 30-mile radius.

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According to commuting patterns the total Burke County labor shed is nearly 254,000 people.

Many of the nearly 10,000 workers who leave Burke County each day would also be available to  new and existing companies.

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